Green Lizard Log – Episode 65

(Jack gets good news from Jersey)

The next night after dinner Lois took me into the office and sat me down at the computer.

“Now Jack, look at that clock up there,” and she pointed to a clock on the wall to the left. “The time on that clock, as you can see, looks like it is wrong. But it is set for Jersey time. So, the time here is quarter past seven in the afternoon. So you add three hours. The time in Jersey is now a quarter past ten but in the morning. Probably a very good time to call Annie.”

“Why not Molly?”

“Because you don’t know what time she works. But you do know Annie will be at home. Go on. Try. Just click on that green camera thingo.”

I was a bit unsure of myself but I clicked the green camera icon and there was a funny burbling sound and almost immediately there was William sitting at his computer with a rather silly look on his face.

“Jack. How are you? How are things going? Isn’t it night time where you are”

We tossed platitudes back and forth for a few moments and I asked him how Annie was. He said she was at the doctor’s and he asked when she could ring back.

“It’s seven thirty now so I’ll be awake for another four hours.”

“I’ll get her to ring you.”

“Can you get her to do it this way? I want to be able to see her face.” I asked.

“Yes Jack. This is how I do all my ‘working from home’ jobs. Have done ever since we started lockdown.”

“Listen mate, I’m really sorry that the whole adoption thing fell in a heap. I hope Annie is handling it well.”

“You know you’re sounding all Aussie again Jack. But don’t worry too much; we’re getting along all right. I’ll let Annie tell you herself. I’ll twist her arm if she doesn’t want to talk to you. Thanks for the call Jack. We’ll talk later.”

He rang off. Lois had been sitting in the background.

“He sounded in pretty good shape. Sounds like a bloke who’s coping. I wonder how Annie is.”

“Exactly how I felt, Lois. I will wait and see. I hope she rings. I really care for those two.”

I couldn’t do anything. I just sat in the office waiting for the computer to make that weird baulbing burbling noise. Lois brought me a coffee. I sat and looked at the clock – my clock and the Jersey clock. Then she brought in a whisky and I asked her to take it away. I wanted to be bright and awake. She took it away and came back with another coffee and plate of biscuits. It was eleven thirty. Jack said she’d ring before then. Lois came in. She just looked at me and raised a questioning eyebrow.

“I’ll wait a bit longer Lois.” I said. “Do you reckon you could grab my pyjamas and my dressing gown? I might get changed in here.”

Lois brought my pyjamas in and I got changed and sat back down.

“Do you want another coffee?” Lois said poking her head around the door. I nodded and said nothing.

I must have dosed off when the computer baubled. I glanced at the clock. It was ten to one. I’d been asleep for an hour.

“Hello Jack. It is so wonderful to talk to you.”

“Hi Annie. How are you? I’ve been so worried and concerned.”

“Jack you don’t have to worry about me.”

“Of course I worry about you. You and William.”

“Jack! Stop worrying and for goodness sake stop interrupting. William is here so just keep quiet for a minute.”

“But I want to know how you are.”

“If you would just stop I will tell you.”

“Okay. I’ll shut up. You go ahead.”

“Jack did you see the lovely nursery we made for that poor little baby? And the cot that William made? Well it seems to us that it is a waste of time having it after all the work we put into it. So William and I are going to try for a baby of our own.”

“But what did the doctor say? I thought he said you weren’t to have another baby.”

“Yes he did. He said it could kill me. I could die. But if I don’t have a baby I might just as well die. So a week ago Jack and I went back and saw the doctor again.”

“What did he say?”

“Jack. Stop asking questions and I will tell you. The doctor told me if I tried to have a baby it might kill me. So we asked him what the odds were. He said it’s just the toss of a coin. Heads I’m all right. Tails I’m dead. I said I’ve been as good as dead for the last thirty years. I might as well go for living. So, Jack, we’re going to toss the coin again. You taught me to stop being angry at the world. Katie taught me to take it on the chin and get on with it. So if it’s a boy we will name him Jacques and then we can call him Jack. If it a girl we will call her Katherine. And then we will have our own Katie.”

“But it might kill you.”

“It won’t kill me. The doctor said that if I really wanted to try he would work out a really good plan of treatment. He also said I was stubborn and pig-headed and silly and William should be strong and forceful and tell me not to do it. But William said we should go ahead.”

“Thank you Annie. I am so very pleased and very proud of you. Make sure you keep in touch. I want a regular weekly report. But next time, ring me about two hours earlier.”

“Goodnight darling Jack. I am glad you approve. We love you.”

And she rang off.

“Well Jack. I can see why she means so much to you.”

I hadn’t known Lois was standing in the doorway. I’m glad she was. I would have found it difficult to be so delighted on my own.

“I’ll have that whisky now. If you’re still offering.”

THE END.

16 thoughts on “Green Lizard Log – Episode 65

  1. A splendid ending. This para has Jack in the wrong place:
    “I couldn’t do anything. I just sat in the office waiting for the computer to make that weird baulbing burbling noise. Lois brought me a coffee. I sat and looked at the clock – my clock and the Jersey clock. Then she brought in a whisky and I asked her to take it away. I wanted to be bright and awake. She took it away and came back with another coffee and plate of biscuits. It was eleven thirty. Jack said she’d ring before then. Lois came in. She just looked at me and raised a questioning eyebrow.”

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